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7/7/13 8:42 P

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KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 2,342
7/3/13 8:16 P

Getting used to them but still can't stand them.

PETALIA SparkPoints: (122,361)
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7/3/13 7:24 A

Pushup burpees are a regular part of my workouts. I also practice Vinyasa Flow Power Yoga where sun salutations figure strongly. There are similarities between the two although sun salutations seem to me to be much more elaborate. They are both vigorous and get the heart rate going. Whenever I drop down into a pushup then jump my feet to my hands in a burpee, I recall that I do the same when practicing sun salutations. Anecdotally I have heard that sun salutations work 98% of the body's muscles. Does anyone else practice sun salutations?

222NICHOLE SparkPoints: (9,780)
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7/2/13 11:43 P

I hate them because they are difficult. However, I think they're worth doing because they're time-efficient. You work many different groups of muscles in just one move.

NOBLEEQUESTRIAN SparkPoints: (5,640)
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7/1/13 6:08 P

I do a '100 burpie workout' a few times a week. Basically I do 10 reps of 10 variations, with 30 seconds of break in between each.

I love burpies because it's difficult, and works your entire body (legs, core, and arms). While I hate doing them during the workout, afterwards I feel great.

MICLEV81721 SparkPoints: (62,739)
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7/1/13 3:17 P

Its an all over burn so they are some of the best. However, be careful with your back and toes. Wear sturdy shoes.

Add in weights or a med ball for more challenge.

I do a burpee squat inversion thingy...

20 burpees, 1 squat
19 burpees, 2 squats
so on and so forth until 1 burpee with 20 squats

For the squats I always add in weights as well.

I do this workout when i am limited for time; it makes me shake for hours.

ROCKERGIRL79 Posts: 78
6/30/13 11:47 A

Burpies are difficult to do when starting but all in all the motion works soooo much of your body. I still have difficultly doing a real push-up so I kneel and do a girly push-up.

Burpies are OK by me :o)

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6/29/13 7:41 P

Never done one. Doing a challenge in July!

6/29/13 7:20 A

Don't like but feel strong when I conquer them did 56 in my cardio workout this week!

JUSTICE19 SparkPoints: (11,034)
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6/29/13 6:40 A

hate them

DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,380)
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6/29/13 3:16 A

Burpees vs Mountain Climbers - I take the latter any day...

Perhaps our preferences are based on the parts of our body that are most flexible and strong...

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6/28/13 10:34 P

A few months back, on the SP jump rope team, we had a challenge to do several sets of 60x jump rope + 3 pushup burpees. I added to the set 3 bakasana yoga poses (crow). I love this combination so much that I'm still doing them. I've watched my form and speed improve over time. And, over the months, I've been able to hold bakasana for longer and longer periods of time. Burpees are a blast!

CLAIRE_PM Posts: 364
6/28/13 3:17 P

I think they're fun -- but I hate for people to see me do them. Graceful? Dignified? Not so much.

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
6/28/13 11:38 A

In boxing class they love to make us do burpies, most people seem to do them a little differently but basically you drop down to laying on your belly and then try to get back up with a bit of enthusiasm. (that's the hard part) emoticon

6/28/13 11:00 A

I just did a Google search on burpee challenges and got 10 hits on the first page. One of the challenges listed no fewer than 10 variations of the burpee. Seems that the exercise has morphed into what anyone wants to do as long as some form of a squat and thrust is a part of the movement. So the bottom line seems to be that a burpee is whatever you want to call the exercise you do.

"What we have here is a failure to communicate".

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (353,225)
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6/28/13 10:48 A

I like burpies, but hate mountain climbers.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
6/28/13 10:22 A

They make me dizzy becuase I am changing from upright to horizontal too quickly.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (221,382)
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6/28/13 8:51 A

did burpee/jumping jack combo in Tabata this morning

can I go emoticon now? PLEASE

GODDREAMDIVA1 SparkPoints: (359,983)
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6/28/13 8:37 A


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DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,380)
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6/28/13 3:54 A

I do them in circuit classes but totally hate them...they are the one exercise I do absolutely reluctantly...

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6/27/13 11:45 P

Hate them - but do them. emoticon

CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
6/27/13 5:05 P

I have a love-hate relationship with burpies. You can modify them by going back one leg at a time. When you come to your feet, you don't have to propel off the ground in the beginning.
Sometimes I mix the way I do burpies, depending on how I feel. I have to say, doing burpies improved my stamina and endurance.

23KAIYA Posts: 4,935
6/27/13 2:31 P

The ones I do are the ones listed on the first site SERGEANTMAJOR posted. At one point I hated them more than anything but now I look forward to doing them. It's very motivating to do 'less than one' to 3 to 10 and on.

6/27/13 2:23 P

Wikapedia was only cited since it listed all the variations. Please note that it was the third citation made, the other two citations were fitness sites.

23KAIYA Posts: 4,935
6/27/13 2:18 P

We do these in my martial arts classes, they get the blood pumping!

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6/27/13 2:14 P

Yep...wikipedia is my go to resource for accurate information. I wouldn't know who was right anyway since anything (right or wrong/correct info vs incorrect info) can be put on the internet. Just saying....

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
6/27/13 2:14 P

burpie challenge sounds like a good way work my way to doing them really well and then faster. I think I will start my own challenge tomorrow.

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6/27/13 1:07 P


6/27/13 11:51 A

What you are describing as a burpee is not a burpee, it is a modified version of an 8 count push up with the second pushup omitted. I have no idea where the jump up and clap hands comes from, then again various people have added to and modified standard calisthenics moves for years.

I will stand by my description of a burpee being a squat thrust to which at some point a jump was added. An example of the adds to the basic squat thrust.

The bottom line is that the basic squat thrust has been modified by many all under the name of burpee. The problem is when this occurs communication breaks down since the word means different things to different people.Having first had the misfortune of being subjected to the squat thrust in boot camp in 1956 I will continue to use that noun nomenclature and use modifiers when I do one of the variations.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 6/27/2013 (14:19)
SUSIEMT Posts: 7,486
6/27/13 11:20 A

I don't care for them because I can hardly do one. However, anything is possible with practice.

6/27/13 10:48 A

A burpee and a squat thrust are not the same thing. With a burpee, when you thrust your legs out behind you, you then do a pushup. As you come up to standing position, you jump and clap your hands above your head. A definite cardio element as well as strength training!

My husband and I are currently doing the Burpee Challenge. This is where you do one burpee on day one, 2 burpees on day 2, etc. till you make it to 100 burpees. You can split them up throughout the day as the number gets higher. Currently, we are on day 25. We hate burpees but we're getting better at them and we do like challenges!

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
6/27/13 8:30 A

Well, I'm encouraged to keep trying them. They are part of my boxing class routine and normally I run in place, lung or crunch when they do them. I will do one or two but stop, tonight I will try to do more.

CLAIRE_PM Posts: 364
6/27/13 8:28 A

I just can't get it right! The burpees I do have nothing in common with the burpees I see on screen. I keep trying - but it's possible that there's *too* much coordination needed here.

MLAN613 Posts: 17,392
6/27/13 8:10 A

I hate them and avoid them at all costs. They are slightly better if I am able to use an aerobics step but I still hate them. There are very few exercises I say this about. Mountain climbers, when done on the floor are the other one. No one climbs a mountain like that. emoticon

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6/27/13 8:02 A

I'm not the most coordinated person in the world and it took my body a while to figure out exactly how to do them but once I got the "knack" I started flying right through them. Absolutely love them now and they're definitely easier on my knees than those #&@! lunges.

Edited by: NOEXCUSES2011 at: 6/27/2013 (08:05)
EMTFF376 SparkPoints: (88,380)
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6/27/13 7:04 A

I will take burpees over lunges anyday! LOL

I like them. I use them to shake up my routine when I feel like I'm getting in a rut.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
6/26/13 1:14 P

still working on these myself

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (34,625)
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6/26/13 1:03 P

I have a love/hate relationship with burpees. I hate doing them, but I love the way I feel when I'm finished. I like sergentmajor's combo listed below- I'll have to give that a try!

6/26/13 12:51 P

Speed is not the primary criteria for doing "burpees" which Uncle taught me were call squat thrusts and were done without the jump.As you do and master the exercise your speed can be increased but doing them at a pace you can handle does provide benefit from the exercise. Technically these are bodyweight strength exercises with an incidental cardio benefit.The faster you do them with good form the more the cardio benefit but it will remain a bodyweight strength exercise.

A killer combination is do 8 kettlebell swings then 8 squat thrusts, then 7 swings and 7 squat thrusts do these without a break counting down to 1 repetition of each. If and when you recover you can post a comment.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
6/26/13 11:39 A

I just found a video of what these are - DUDE. I think I might need to practice these. I'm pretty sure I couldn't do too many right now, LOL.

Would burpies be considered cardio or ST or...?

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6/26/13 11:19 A

I've tried them and decided to exclude them from my workout. I can't move fast enough in the way you're supposed to for them to be effective. Don't get me wrong, I love cardio and get my strength training in as well. I feel like it requires a certain level of coordination that I don't have and don't have the patience to work on it. I'd rather do something else to work on my coordination. I'm patient enough for other things in my workout though.

QUAIL75 Posts: 9,534
6/26/13 10:52 A

Burpees are very hard but are so effective. I'm slowly increasing the number I can do but I don't think they will ever be easy for me.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (221,382)
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6/26/13 9:54 A

I have a tough time with any move that goes from horizontal to the floor to standing upright very quick.

as with my push-ups, I do burpees on a slight incline (my step bench, a low coffee table, the BowFlex bench, a stair step, etc)

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (179,708)
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6/26/13 9:31 A

pretty much everyone hates them and everyone finds them difficult. You're not alone. :)

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6/26/13 9:05 A

I rather like burpees! They ARE hard! But I think that when they are regularly part of a plan, it doesn't take long to feel stronger and better at them (especially since you feel the muscles working in so many places), and totally get the feeling you are starting to conquer them. Like most things, I think it just pays to keep with it. :)

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
6/26/13 8:48 A

I can't do them because of a wrist/arm problem on one side.

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6/26/13 8:29 A

I don't find them hard but I've been exercising for quite awhile and my cardio routine includes burpees. I jump at the end.

You'll get stronger and better as long as you keep practicing. :)

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
6/26/13 7:41 A

How does everyone feel about burpies? I think they are very hard to do, I hate doing them, but I hate that they are so hard to do and I want to conquer them.

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